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DOCK UP AND DINE AT THESE KEYS JOINTS – ONBOARD MAGAZINE

The Florida Keys have something many seaside communities don’t: dockside dining. Guests arrive by boat with no worries about where to park the rental car (although most places are also accessible by land).  It’s a great way to end the day on the water that somehow makes the appetite sharper. Here are our picks: SUNSET GRILLE & WATER BAR, Marathon This place is the rest stop in the Middle Keys largest vehicular and marine thoroughfare. Located at the base of the 7 Mile Bridge on Knights Key, the huge restaurant and bar also features a pool. Sunday Funday is an established tradition as are...

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Sellers: Make Today’s Home Price Appreciation Work for You

Home prices continue to rise as we move through the summer, and that’s good news for sellers who are looking to maximize their home’s potential. If you’re on the fence about whether to list your house now or later, the question you should really ask is: will this price appreciation last? Here’s what three leading industry experts have to say about what lies ahead: Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist, National Association of Realtors (NAR): “At a broad level, home prices are in no danger of a decline due to tight inventory conditions, but I do expect prices to appreciate at a slower pace by the end...

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ISLAMORADA: WILL COUNCIL MEMBERS DENY GARBAGE COLLECTION PROPOSED 7% INCREASE IN COMMERCIAL PICKUP?

Islamorada village staff is recommending council members deny a commercial rate increase for trash disposal services when they meet for a meeting on Thursday, July 22, at 5:30 p.m., inside Founders Park Community Center.  An amendment to an agreement with Advanced Disposal, which was acquired last October by Waste Management, requests a 7% commercial rate hike. During a May 20 meeting, officials with Waste Management told the dais the reason behind the increase is to compensate for increased customer service costs. Council members ended up tabling the matter in May, following lengthy discussion...

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OPINION: CARELESS ANCHORING HURTS OUR REEFS

Many ocean lovers anchor to pursue their favorite pastime. While some are careful when anchoring, others aren’t.  Carelessly or maliciously dropping anchors onto reefs causes serious harm to the reef below. Boat anchors, chains and lines break coral, as well as basket sponges and marine life. Pulling it up drags the anchor, chain and line over the reef, destroying large areas of living coral. Divers in the Florida Keys see it all too often. Of course, it is against the law with penalties in place for damaging coral with anchors, but it’s no easy task to enforce. Therefore, it’s important...

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NEW BOATER ENGINE CUTOFF SWITCH LAW IN EFFECT

A new federal law requiring use of engine cutoff switches is setting out to prevent runaway boats and injuries in instances when the operator is separated from the helm.  The law that took effect a few months ago applies to recreational vessels, but not all.  It specifically targets boats that are manufactured after January 2020, have 3 horsepower or more, and are less than 26 feet in length. Vessels with an enclosed cabin helm and those built before January 2020 aren’t required to have an engine cutoff switch.  Fines are $100, $250 and $500 for the first, second and third offenses...

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With Rents on the Rise – Is Now the Time To Buy?

According to recent data from realtor.com, median rental prices have reached their highest point ever recorded in many areas across the country. The report found rents rose by 8.1% from the same time last year. As it notes: “Beyond simply recovering to pre-pandemic levels, rents across the country are surging. Typically, rents fluctuate less than 1% from month to month. In May and June, rents increased by 3.0% and 3.2% from each month to the next.” If you’re a renter concerned about rising prices, now may be the time to consider purchasing a home. Monthly Rents Are Higher Than Monthly Mortgage...

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IN PICTURES: FLORIDA KEYS YOUTH REGATTA COMPETITION

On July 18, the Marathon Yacht Club hosted a sailing regatta for Keys youth. About 20 kids from teams in Marathon, Key West and the Upper Keys took to the ocean for a series of races in different classes — Flying Scot, Lasers, open BICs, Optimist prams and Sunfish. Sailors of each type of boat competed in three races (except the Scots, who raced four) for the best overall performance. “It was a beautiful day on the water,” said Betsy Lefler, chairperson of the Marathon Yacht Club Educational Foundation, “breezy, with about knots of wind. There’s such great camaraderie among our clubs.” The...

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MARATHON AIRPORT – WORLD-CLASS FACILITY WITH A SMALL-TOWN TOUCH

The day before lobster mini-season started, Marathon airport was seeing a small uptick in private jet traffic. The welcome area at the jet center’s “terminal” — located within a yellow plantation-style house hugged by palm trees — was a little busy. A passenger strolled into the reception area. “Would you like a beverage? Coffee?” asked the attendants at the front desk. The passenger paused, with a smile on his face. “You got any pies?” Welcome to Marathon International Airport — also known as Marathon Aviation. Though it’s becoming a busier transportation hub every day, it still retains that...

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TRANSPORTATION PLAN TACKLES TRAFFIC, SAFETY, AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

By Anthony Guntert On July 14, Monroe County held a virtual, public meeting and data driven presentation curated by AECOM regarding the new “Transportation Master Plan” and the future of U.S. 1 throughout the county. The plan includes input from the public, law enforcement and state Department of Transportation officials. The findings of previous meetings were combined with additional feedback from locals on a myriad of short-term, mid-term and long-term transportation solutions. Possible solutions for roads, signals, signs, and improvements to traffic issues as well as the needs of pedestrians,...

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TAXES ON THE RISE? KEY WEST OFFICIALS CONSIDER 8% INCREASE

First, the bad news: Key West taxpayers could face an 8% tax hike for the coming budget year.  The good news? That’s a worst-case scenario.  City commissioners approved the tentative tax increase at their initial budget meetings last week, but can — and often do — adjust the tax rate downward between now and the final budget hearing in September. “By law, we can lower the proposed tax rate that we approved for advertising purposes, but we can’t increase it,” said Commissioner Sam Kaufman, who voted against the 8% spike, even if it is tentative. Commissioner Billy Wardlow also dissented....

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